Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-boiled anthologies/humor

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 09 Mar 2004

Hi Chris-

> Also, it seems to me the hardboiled genre is the perfect vehicle for
> the sort of deadpan wit I enjoy. Are there any particular authors who
> go this route? I know Westlake's other novels are supposed to be sort
> of wacky, but I'm thinking more of say, Bogart in "The Big Sleep." I
> found "Man With the Getaway Face" like this to some extent, and greatly
> enjoyed it.

Well, there's always Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP, or FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, or THE LADY IN THE LAKE. Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON, RED HARVEST, THE GLASS KEY, THE DAIN CURSE, THE THIN MAN and all of the short stories. Carl Hiassen is pretty funny, and so is Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Your mileage may vary. Welcome to the list.

All the Best-


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